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Eagles News: Quez Watkins is making a strong argument to be a starter

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 8/13/21.

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Handing out 10 awards from the Eagles-Steelers preseason game - PhillyVoice
Watkins has had a great camp, and hey(!) he was the leading vote-getter in our stock-up Eagles media poll. You saw why Thursday night, first when he got open on what could have been a long TD, and then on the next series, when he exploded for a 78-yard TD on a quick screen. Quez is gonna get poor No. 21 on the Steelers cut. I mean, look at that acceleration! Watkins is making a strong argument that he should be a starter.

Eagles vs. Steelers: 15 winners, 3 losers, 1 IDK - BGN
We said it before and it remains true: Quez Watkins is having the best summer of any Eagles wide receiver. It’s not even close. Watkins’ 79-yard touchdown reception was simple in that he caught a short pass and followed his blockers to break free to daylight. But one can’t take his speed for granted. As a reminder, this is a guy who runs a 4.35 second 40-yard dash (92nd percentile). The way he simply outran Steelers defenders was impressive. To be clear, though, Watkins isn’t just a one-tricky pony speedster. He can outrun defenders, yes. But he’s also won with crisp route-running and jump ball contested catches (in practice settings, at least). There’s no way Watkins isn’t one of the best three wide receivers on this team. I mean, Darius Slay recently named him as the receiver he’s been most impressed by. I’d put Watkins second only behind DeVonta Smith. He’s clearly earned first team practice reps. And if he continues to excel against tougher competition, he obviously needs to be in the starting lineup.

Why Reagor in the slot makes sense and more in Roob’s observations - NBCSP
2. Speaking of Watkins, I’ve been raving about this kid all summer, and so far he’s lived up to the hype. He still isn’t getting many first-team reps, but he’s outplayed Fulgham, and I’m at the point where I’ll be surprised if he’s not one of the Eagles’ leading WRs this year. How unusual would that be? The last receiver the Eagles drafted in the sixth round or later with more than 150 receiving yards in his entire Eagles career was Tony Woodruff, a ninth-round pick in 1982 who caught 36 passes for 554 yards from 1982 through 1984. The last Eagles WR drafted in the sixth round or later with 500 yards in a season? How about that Harold Carmichael, who went into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday.

Eagles-Steelers Preseason Instant Reaction Show - BGN Radio
Shamus Clancy and Jessica Towne Taylor recap the Eagles’ Week 1 loss to the Steelers, 24-16 on Thursday night.

NFL Preseason Week 1 Recap: Pittsburgh Steelers 24, Philadelphia Eagles 16 - PFF
Quez Szn? — Quez Watkins was known for his lightning-quick speed coming out of Southern Miss in 2020. He clocked a 4.35-second 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine, the third-best regardless of position in his class. The sixth-round pick saw some action down the stretch of his rookie campaign and flashed the after-the-catch ability on screens. Tonight, he flashed again as he took a screen 79 yards to the house. Watkins still has to show he’s more than just a “speed guy,” but he could eventually carve out a nice role within this depleted receiving unit.

PIT 24, PHI 16 – Preseason Opener - Iggles Blitz
The run defense in the second half was awful. Game analyst Ross Tucker talked about how vanilla the scheme was and the fact the Eagles weren’t rotating fresh DL in. I think Jonathan Gannon kept it basic to get a feel for his players. Who could handle things? Who quit? Who got better? Not many positive answers to those questions from the backups.

15 observations from a solid preseason opener vs. Steelers - PE.com
Maybe a lot of people didn’t notice, but Howard started the game (Miles Sanders didn’t play) and Howard did a terrific job in pass protection on one play, helping his cause to make the roster and make an impact here. Kerryon Johnson gained 10 yards on his lone carry, so the “big” backs here had a nice first game of the preseason.

Dak Prescott speaks about his shoulder injury and expresses “no doubt” about his recovery - Blogging The Boys
Dak Prescott’s shoulder. Or more precisely, the muscle strain of his latissimus dorsi, has dominated the news cycles recently for the Dallas Cowboys. That’s how it is in the NFL, starting quarterbacks reign supreme and when one is hurt, the focus will be there. For Prescott, that focus has shifted from his ankle to his shoulder. Prescott seemed fine with his ankle in camp, but the muscle strain has kept him out going on two weeks now. He has done some light throwing in the last couple of days of practice. But Cowboys Nation and social media was a little up in arms yesterday when he announced he would be receiving a second MRI once he returned to Dallas.

The Look Ahead #49 : One thing to watch from every game this week - The SB Nation NFL Show
Rob “Stats” Guerrera and RJ Ochoa look ahead to the first full week of games since the end of last year’s regular season, and pick out at least one good thing to keep your eye on while you watch. How fair are our expectations for the rookie QBs? Will Dan Campbell have an actual Lion with him on the sidelines? How many second-year players need to prove something? What is the go-to snack of choice during games?

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